Uploading Your 3Play Captions and Subtitles to Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing software that allows you to create and add closed caption and subtitle tracks to video projects. Premiere captions can be exported as a sidecar file or as an encoded video file. This step-by-step guide will show you how to add your 3Play Media captions to your video in Adobe Premiere Pro.


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Step 1: Submit Your Video File for Captioning

Log into your 3Play Media account. From the Upload tab at the top of the screen, select From Computer, choose your video, and follow the onscreen prompts to specify turnaround. You’ll receive an email when your captions are ready.

For additional details, read the support article on uploading videos for captioning.

Upload Media, and Choose files are highlighted

Step 2: Download Your Captions in SCC Format

Go to the My Files page in your 3Play Media account and select your recording. Click Download and select the SCC format. Specify any advanced settings and save the .scc caption file to your computer.

Screenshot of Download window with SCC selected under Caption Formats

Step 3: Import Caption File into Your Project in Adobe Premiere Pro

Open your video project file in Adobe Premiere Pro.

From the top nav bar, select File > Import . Select your .scc caption file and hit Open. The caption file should now appear in your project’s file list, resembling a video file with no audio. Drag and drop the caption file to the right into your video sequence.

The image beside this description displays approximately where you should see your caption file in the file list, and where it ends up when you drag and drop it to the right.

Screenshot in Adobe Premiere Pro with portion of video selected in editing timeline

Step 4: Enable Closed Captioning in Adobe Premiere Pro

In order to get your caption file to work when your video plays, you need to first enable closed captioning in Adobe Premiere’s program monitor.

Click on the far upper-righthand corner of the program monitor where your video displays. Scroll down and click Closed Captioning Display > Enable. Your captions should now appear on your video display in the program monitor.

Screenshot in Adobe Premiere Pro with arrow pointing to Closed Captioning Display

Step 5: Customize Caption Display in Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro offers tools to customize your captions. You can adjust the font color, background color, line breaks, timing, and placement of your captions on your video.

To customize caption display, open the Captions Panel. Navigate to Window > Captions, and then select your caption file in the video sequence. The Captions Panel should now display where your project file list used to be.

Screenshot in Adobe Premiere Pro with Captions being formatted in the editor section

Step 6: Export Captioned Video from Adobe Premiere Pro

When your video file is finished, you have two options for how to publish your video with captions. You can either embed the captions within the video or export them as a separate sidecar file.

How to Export Captions as Sidecar File from Adobe Premiere Pro

First, select your caption file in the sequence. Next, in the top nav bar, go to File > Export > Media. In the Export Settings popup box, select the desired file format for your video. Click on the Captions tab. Click on Export Options and select Sidecar File.

Here you have four options for caption file formats. The first two formats listed, SCC and MCC, are the most common. You can also choose SMPTE Timed Text (.xml) or EBU N19 Subtitle (.stl) formats. Select your desired caption file format and hit Export.

How to Embed Captions in Video from Adobe Premiere Pro

You can embed captions directly into a video from Adobe Premiere if you publish it as a Quicktime file.

First, select your caption file in the sequence. Next, in the top nav bar, go to File > Export > Media. In the Export Settings popup box, select Format > Quicktime. Under Export Options, select Embed in Output File, then Export.

Screenshot of Adobe Premiere Pro with arrow pointing to Format. Export options is highlighted in captions section. Options for None, Create Sidecar File, or Embed in Output File

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